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October 9th saw nine by-elections - though two of these were in the same ward for two overlapping authorities, Cheshire County Council (which ceases to exist next March) and the Cheshire East Unitary (which comes into existence in April).
The BNP fielded candidates in just two of these eight areas - the Herne Bay division of Kent County Council, and the Alexandra ward of the London Borough of Haringey.
In Herne Bay they came a poor fourth (though trailed by UKIP) with 399 votes (7.7% of the vote). The turnout was a low 23.2%, giving them a share of the electorate of just 1.79% which is very poor.
In Haringey they did worse, achieving a result of extraordinary awfulness:
Lib Dem 1,460
That's 0.9% as a share of the vote, and a vanishingly tiny 0.32% as a share of the electorate. In other words one out of every 300 voters on the electoral register went out and voted BNP.
The past couple of weeks suggest something of a crisis for the BNP - they are struggling to find candidates across much of the country, and where they do stand their votes range from poor to appallingly bad! Next week the Dewsbury East by-election, triggered by the resignation of Colin Auty, will give us some indication of how they are faring in an area where they have previously gained significant support. It should be interesting.